Average Salary for Claremont McKenna College Alumni

Nestled away in Claremont, Calif., Claremont McKenna College, a school, has a student population of roughly 1,000. Undergraduate education in the liberal arts and sciences is a key focus of the school. This report is based on the answers of Claremont McKenna College graduates who responded to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

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Claremont McKenna College Alumni

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Policy Analyst
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Director of Operations
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 48

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About This School

500 E 9th St
Claremont, CA 91711-6400


Private School, Liberal Arts

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The software development industry, the education industry, and the health insurance industry are just a few of the areas in which Claremont McKenna College grads find work. The most highly represented industry among alumni is the consulting industry. Graduates of Claremont McKenna College earn around $65K on average.


Among Claremont McKenna College alumni, those working as Directors of Operations report the highest median pay of $80K.


San Francisco, Calif. is a hot spot for Claremont McKenna College alum. It is also not uncommon to find former Claremont McKenna College students living and working in Los Angeles, Calif. — this top-paying city is a popular destination with a median salary of $113K. Chicago, Ill. is a popular spot for former Claremont McKenna College students at the opposite end of the pay scale; in fact, average salaries there are the lowest at approximately $49K. Washington, DC is also a top pick, as is Seattle, Wash.

Degree Major

Financial compensation is highest for Claremont McKenna College grads with a Master of Business Administration (MBA), Economics (average earnings climb to about $105K per year). Those holding a B.A. in International Relations are less fortunate in terms of earnings, bringing in $40K on average per year.


Ruby on Rails commands a pay premium of 42 percent for Claremont McKenna College grads. Microsoft Excel is a popular skill among Claremont McKenna College alumni, with between a fifth and a fourth of grads reporting using it on the job. Also considered top-notch skills are Project Management, Financial Analysis, and Data Analysis.

Benefits and Perks

A lucky minority (about two-fifths of alumni) are fortunate enough to be compensated for vacation while just one-third of alumni get sick time. In an effort to save up for the years ahead, most respondents contribute to a 401(k). A large number of graduates have medical plans, and a large number of former students have dental insurance. Claremont McKenna College graduates also take advantage of a company-subsidized cell phone, life insurance, a casual working environment, and tuition reimbursement.

Related Schools

Median pay for Occidental College grads is $63K, making their salaries most similar to those of Claremont McKenna College grads. Other schools similar to Claremont McKenna College include Pitzer College, Scripps College, and Harvey Mudd College.

Test Scores

Academics 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Scores 1980 2250
ACT Scores 29 33

Key Stats for Claremont McKenna College


31 %
69 %
$38,127 - $80,000
$49,457 - $123,401
Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 11 votes.

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